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Contaminated stem cell injections sicken at least a dozen people

At least a dozen people in three states have developed bacterial infections after getting injections derived from stem cells from umbilical cord blood for ailments like joint and back pain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. All 12 patients who became sick were hospitalized – three of whom were admitted for a month or more. To date, none of the patients have died. Seven patients were from Texas, four from Florida, and one in Arizona. The patients were sickened by five different types of bacteria, including E. coli. “These are not the organisms you want in your ... Read More

California Romaine Grower Linked to E.Coli Outbreak Recalls Other Produce  

A California farm linked to the E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce that triggered a massive nationwide recall is now recalling other types of produce as a precaution. Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. of Santa Maria, California, said the new recalls include red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, and cauliflower harvested on Nov. 27 through Nov. 30, 2018. Although none of the produce has tested positive for the E. coli strain associated with the outbreak (E. coli O157:H7) and no illnesses have been reported, the company says it’s voluntarily recalling the extra produce out of an abundance of caution. The recalled cauliflower was ... Read More

Texas man sues 30 companies for exposing him to benzene

A Warren, Texas couple is suing 30 companies alleging they exposed him to the cancer causing chemical benzene, according to the Southeast Texas Record. The lawsuit was filed by Royce Mathews and his wife Rose against in Jefferson County District Court in Beaumont, Texas. The lawsuit names Dow Chemical, Chevron, Atlantic Richfield, BP, ExxonMobil, Huntsman Petrochemical, Texaco and others as manufacturing and selling benzene-containing products to Goodyear Tire while he was employed there from 1966 to 2007 Mr. Mathews claims that his exposure to benzene in the workplace caused him to develop myelodysplastic syndrome, a group of disorders caused when ... Read More

J&J knew for decades its talc contained asbestos

Nearly 20 years ago, Darlene Coker sued Johnson & Johnson. She had been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. How could the 52-year-old who ran a massage school in eastern Texas while raising two daughters develop the disease? It must have been the Johnson’s Baby Powder she regularly dusted on her children and herself. Talc, like asbestos, is mined from the earth. To her and her attorney, it wasn’t too far a leap to suggest J&J’s talc-containing product could have contained asbestos and caused her deadly disease. Coker sought to ... Read More

Texas Man’s Leg Nearly Amputated After E-Scooter Injury

A Texas man who was severely injured on a Bird rental e-scooter narrowly avoided having his left leg amputated but was left with permanent injuries and a hospital bill of nearly $1 million. Alexander Forney, 21, of Arlington, Texas, was riding the e-scooter in the Seep Ellum section of Dallas last August when the electric scooter suddenly flipped and hurtled him onto the concrete. The impact shattered Mr. Forney’s kneecap and tibia, cracked his front teeth, and left him with a severe road rash. He told Dallas’ WFAA Channel 8 News that he must have hit the brakes a little too ... Read More

Texas man files lawsuit after getting sick from romaine lettuce

The first Texas lawsuit has emerged related to the romaine lettuce scare that has sickened dozens of people in 12 states due to E. coli contamination, according to the Southeast Texas Record. Brazos County resident Joe Stratta filed a lawsuit against Beef O’Brady’s Inc., and FSC Franchise Co. LLC, on Nov. 26, in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, alleging the companies manufactured and sold contaminated romaine lettuce. Stratta ate the lettuce in a Caesar salad at a Beef O’Brady’s restaurant in Crestview, Florida. Four days later, he allegedly fell ill with symptoms including “watery diarrhea and ... Read More

OSHA fines drilling company after explosion kills worker

Weatherford, Texas-based Legend Directional Services LLC was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and faces a more than $28,000 penalty, for violations of worker safety at the company’s Harpersville Reinforcement Project in Harpersville, Alabama, that resulted in a May 2018 explosion during which a worker was killed. OSHA investigators determined that the explosion occurred because flammable welding gases were stored in an unventilated storage container at the facility. When the now-deceased employee opened the container door, the container exploded. OSHA cited the drilling company for storing compressed welding gas containers and liquefied petroleum ... Read More

Four Infant botulism cases in Texas linked to honey-flavored pacifiers

Texas health officials are warning parents not to give children honey pacifiers after four infants were hospitalized with botulism infections. The four children lived in different parts of Texas, but all had been sucking on pacifiers flavored with honey that originated from Mexico. The babies fell ill between mid-August and October and all were hospitalized. Health officials say the honey may contain a bacterium that can produce a botulism toxin in the intestines of small children and attack the nerves and eat away at the organs. Symptoms of botulism poisoning include difficulty breathing, paralysis and death, according to the Texas ... Read More

Sheriffs deputy killed en route to high-priority water rescue

Waller County Texas sheriffs deputy Loren Vasquez was killed last week en route to a high-priority water rescue during storms in the area. She was last heard over the radio saying, “543 en route,” before her car apparently hit a patch of water in the road and went airborne, landing upside down in a water-filled ditch. Law enforcement arrived at the scene but had difficulty reaching Vasquez in her vehicle. “I can’t get the doors open. Can you break the window? I’ve broken a window. I can’t get the doors open,” said officers on the scene. Vasquez was eventually freed from ... Read More

Photo of lineman’s injury on the job garners thousands of shares

The photo is difficult to look at. A Texas lineman who traveled to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to help restore power in areas hit by Tropical Storm Michael suffered multiple broken bones in his leg and ankle after a tree trunk fell on top of him. Thomas Wesley Duncan was part of a crew that was attempting to clear a downed tree that struck a line when the tree fell on him. His wife, Kelly Duncan, posted on Facebook a photo of her husband taken after “the guys” got the tree off him and before emergency medical services (EMS) arrived. ... Read More